Lok Sabha Passes Bill To Regulate Ship Recycling
The Union Minister for Shipping Mansukh L. Mandaviya saying recently introduced a bill in the Lower House that restricts the use of hazardous materials on ships and regulates their recycling. The bill was later passed by the house with a Voice Vote. As per the Minister, the provisions of the bill are clearly ‘labour and environment centric’.
He further added that the norms have been clearly laid out for dealing with hazardous waste on ships that come for recycling.
India is a leader in the global ship recycling industry with a share of over 30 per cent and the passage of the bill will open more opportunities and so India has decided to accede to the Hong Kong International Convention for Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009. Ship recycling has economic benefits and provides 10 per cent of the country’s steel in an eco-friendly manner
The bill restricts and prohibits the use or installation of hazardous material, whether a ship is meant for recycling or not. For new ships, such restriction or prohibition on the use of hazardous material will be from the date the legislation comes into force, while existing ships shall have a period of five years for compliance.
Restriction or prohibition on the use of hazardous material would not be applied to warships and non-commercial ships operated by the government. The Bill also provides that ships will be recycled in accordance with a ship-specific recycling plan. The bill applies to any new or existing ship, which is registered in India, entering a port or terminal in India or the territorial waters of India.
When the Hong Kong International Convention for Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009 comes into force, its provisions will be implemented under the provisions of the Recycling of Ships Bill, 2019 and rules and regulations framed there under.
However, the bill was not favored by the Opposition members, who said that the bill was being brought in a hurry and that the code provides standards for environmental protection and workers safety but does not provides penalties for contravention and dealing with the restrictions and prohibitions on the use of hazardous materials on ship.
SOURCE: Business Standard